Clear or invisible orthodontics – it’s your secret
Have you dreamt of straight teeth, but have been discouraged by the perspective of walking around with metal braces (brackets)?
Children and teenagers do not necessary have this problem because many of their peers undergo orthodontic procedures . Walking around with braces on one’s teeth may sometimes be a fashion statement, with an effort being made to make the treatment stand out using color rubber bands.
However, there is a small group of adult patients, who for social reasons deny themselves the opportunity to enjoy straight teeth only because they would not want to be seen with braces on their teeth.
Our clinic employs a number of clear or invisible orthodontics options that can be used to help you turn this dream into reality.
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Invisible orthodontics methods:
1. Internal (lingual) invisible orthodontics
In classic orthodontics, metal braces are bonded to the teeth on their outer (buccal / facial) surfaces. To make the orthodontic treatment invisible, methods allowing the brace to be bonded on the inner (lingual / palatal) side of the tooth have been developed. One of the methods practiced at our clinic is the 3M Incognito™ method. Using this method, after planning the desired treatment course, the orthodontist will take an impression of the jaws and will send them to Germany. There, the company’s laboratories will make a model of the teeth and, using computer software, will individually fabricate for each tooth a custom brace according to its inner aspect shape. This unique fabrication method not only allows us to bond the braces on the inside of the tooth, making the orthodontic treatment invisible and esthetic, but the unique, careful fabrication means that braces can be better bonded to teeth due to their perfect fit, and they are also shaped to irritate the tongue as little as possible. The wire threaded between the braces is also fabricated and bent according to the specific case. The treatment time is usually identical to that of conventional treatment. The disadvantages of invisible internal orthodontics is the difficulty in maintaining hygiene, so careful oral hygiene is necessary.
This method is suitable for both adults and teenagers.
2. Clear aligners
This solution can be perfect for anyone who is bothered by the idea of fixing braces on their teeth! The idea is to straighten out the teeth using clear, transparent aligners, that are placed on the teeth and apply forces in various directions to move the teeth.
One of the methods practiced at our clinic is the Invisalign method:
Using the Invisalign orthodontic method, after devising the necessary treatment plan, an impression of the patient’s jaws is taken and the information is sent to the company’s laboratories in the United States. There, using computer software, a simulation of the necessary course of treatment is prepared and a series of transparent aligners are made. Each transparent aligner represents a different stage of the treatment and the set must be changed every two weeks or so. The aligners are to be kept on during the day and removed only for eating and cleaning. The advantage of course is the treatment esthetics, as the patient has no braces or wires. Of course, it is easier to maintain hygiene because they can be removed and the teeth cleaned better, thus reducing the chances of caries and/or white spots that are characteristic of using metal braces. The disadvantages – the aligners work only when they are in the mouth, so a lot of patient cooperation is necessary. Because the instrumentation is removable, there is also a possibility of losing it.
Our clinic has another transparent orthodontic option that uses aligners, which is the Clear Aligner method. These are aligners that are fabricated in a laboratory in Israel according to the dentist’s instructions rather than by computer software. This reduces the costs of the treatment compared to Invisalign.